Book ID: CBB001510363

Towards a Theory of Development (2014)

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Minelli, Alessandro (Editor)
Pradeu, Thomas (Editor)


Oxford University Press


Publication Date: 2014
Physical Details: xiii + 283 pp.; ill.; bibl.; index
Language: English

Is it possible to explain and predict the development of living things? What is development? Answers to these innocuous questions are far from straightforward. To date, no systematic, targeted effort has been made to construct a unifying theory of development. This text offers a unique exploration of the foundations of ontogeny by asking how the development of living things should be understood. It explores the key concepts of developmental biology, asks whether general principles of development can be discovered, and examines the role of models and theories. This book analyses a wealth of approaches to concepts, models and theories of development, such as gene regulatory networks, accounts based on systems biology and on physics of soft matter, the different articulations of evolution and development, symbiont-induced development, as well as the widely discussed concepts of positional information and morphogenetic field, the idea of a 'programme' of development and its critiques, and the long-standing opposition between preformationist and epigenetic conceptions of development.

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Reviewed By

Review Karola Stotz; Paul Griffiths (2015) Review of "Towards a Theory of Development". Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (pp. 134-138). unapi

Review Kostas Kampourakis (2015) Review of "Towards a Theory of Development". Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (pp. 199-203). unapi

Review Maienschein, Jane (2014) Review of "Towards a Theory of Development". History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (pp. 299-300). unapi

Includes Chapters

Chapter Minelli, Alessandro; Pradeu, Thomas (2014) Theories of Development in Biology: Problems and Perspectives. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Pradeu, Thomas (2014) Regenerating Theories in Developmental Biology. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Love, Alan Christopher (2014) The Erotetic Organization of Developmental Biology. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Jaeger, Johannes; Sharpe, James (2014) On the Concept of Mechanism in Development. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Vecchi, Davide; Hernández, Isaac (2014) The Epistemological Resilience of the Concept of Morphogenetic Field. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Newman, Stuart A. (2014) Physico-Genetics of Morphogenesis: The Hybrid Nature of Developmental Mechanisms. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Fusco, Giuseppe; Carrer, Roberto; Serrelli, Emanuele (2014) The Landscape Metaphor in Development. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Gilbert, Scott F.; Bard, Jonathan (2014) Formalizing Theories of Development: A Fugue on the Orderliness of Change. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Arthur, Wallace (2014) General Theories of Evolution and Inheritance, but Not Development?. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Kupiec, Jean-Jacques (2014) Cell Differentiation Is a Stochastic Process Subjected to Natural Selection. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Morange, Michel (2014) From Genes to Gene Regulatory Networks: The Progressive Historical Construction of a Genetic Theory of Development and Evolution. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Griesemer, James (2014) Reproduction and Scaffolded Developmental Processes: An Integrated Evolutionary Perspective. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Vervoort, Michel (2014) Comparison of Animal and Plant Development: A Right Track to Establish a Theory of Development?. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Moczek, Armin P. (2014) Towards a Theory of Development through a Theory of Developmental Evolution. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Minelli, Alessandro (2014) Developmental Disparity. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Laplane, Lucie (2014) Identifying Some Theories in Developmental Biology: The Case of the Cancer Stem Cell Theory. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

Chapter Nyholm, Spencer V.; McFall-Ngai, Margaret J. (2014) Animal Development in a Microbial World. In: Towards a Theory of Development. unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Griffiths, Paul E.
Kaplan, Jonathan Michael
Pigliucci, Massimo
Sarkar, Sahotra
Galperin, Charles
Hoppe, Brigitte
Journals
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Biology and Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
Actes d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Publishers
Brepols
Editora Livraria da Física
Oxford University Press
Harvard University Press
L'Asino d'oro Edizioni
University of Pittsburgh Press
Concepts
Genetics
Biology
Evolution
Epigenetics
Developmental biology
Molecular biology
People
Waddington, Conrad Hal
Margulis, Lynn
Smith, John Maynard
Hadorn, Ernst
Dalcq, Albert
Levi-Montalcini, Rita
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
Ancient
Medieval
Modern
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